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Posted by Kim Winter, Thursday 12th February, 2015

Guided walks of Brixton Hill

Liz du Parcq

We're delighted to be able to offer guided walks in the area around Brixton Windmill this year, led by a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide. So if you're visiting the windmill, why not take the opportunity to learn a bit more about the history of the surrounding area too?

Tours will take in some of the oldest landmarks of the Brixton Hill area. We’ll visit the site of Bleak Hall FarmĀ (shown on 1816 maps) and see some of the area’s oldest surviving houses, we’ll get a glimpse of the Brixton Waterworks Company’s 1834 reservoir (still part of Thames Water’s supply network), find out about the treadmill for grinding corn at the prison, and discover some rather surprising celebrity prisoners.

We’ll look at Rush Common, hear about the ‘cable tram’ and the Scala Cinema, and see the kind of grand house a Victorian mill owner might reside in.

The walks will be led by Blue Badge Tourist Guide Liz du Parcq, who has lived in Lambeth since 1970 and was a councillor for the former Town Hall Ward (covering much of the area that is now Brixton Hall ward, including the Windmill) from 1974 to 1982.

There will be a charge of £6 for the walks (concessions £4, children free), which will all go towards the ongoing refurbishment work on Brixton Windmill.

After your walk Brixton Windmill will be open for free tours all afternoon.

The walks will start from Brixton Windmill promptly at 1pm - no need to book in advance, just turn up about 10 minutes before and pay on the day.

The walk takes about 1.5 hrs depending on walking speed of the group and questions asked. (If you intend to book a full tour of the windmill afterwards then we recommend booking for 3pm.)